How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Being able to display tables on your website can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a great visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t do, like being able to create tables without having to learn code.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create and add tables easily into your site’s pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to create and add tables into your WordPress content using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

A very powerful and time-saving WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress a very simple and easy process is TablePress.

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for visitors. You can include the tables into your post content using shortcodes and even display these using text widgets.

You can also import and export a table from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

This plugin was created by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

How To Use TablePress Plugin For WP – Tutorial

To create and add tables to WordPress posts and pages, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will get added to your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

Click on TablePress and select Plugin Options from the list of submenus …

Creating And Adding Tables  With WordPress

The “Plugin Options” screen controls your plugin styling and display settings …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can change where the TablePress menu entry appears on your admin menu.

By default, the menu item appears somewhere in the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can easily position the menu item towards the top of the Dashboard menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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The TablePress menu item now appears at the top section of your admin menu …

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You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. Leave all settings as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted inside the plugin area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your content. Your tables will then display after publishing your post.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily change the data inside your tables without having to touch your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Enter the name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want for the new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Once your new table has been created, it will get added to the “All Tables” list and get assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Content

The TablePress shortcode allows you to easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page simply by typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to be displayed …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Without Programming Skills

Once you have created a new table, adding content to the table is very easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click in the cell and either type or paste the content you want to display. You can add text, images and HTML formatting to your content (e.g. add bold text, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

Creating And Adding Tables  With WordPress

After your new table has been created, displays a number of additional options that will let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colours on consecutive rows, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

You can also edit your table information after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can add links or images, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate selected columns and rows, add new rows and columns, combine cells, etc …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing site visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your post (and let visitors specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

You can see how your table looks anytime, by clicking the Preview button …

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Without Coding Skills

A preview window will open in your screen allowing you to preview the table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your table is published …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your table data …

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To view a list of all your tables TablePress > All Tables

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A list of all your tables will be displayed in this area. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, delete, export and preview your tables …

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

How To Use The Shortcode

You embed tables inside any posts and pages with the TablePress shortcode.

Get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below the table title to get the shortcode …

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress content editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want the table to show then click the TablePress menu icon …

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also insert a table when working in the “Text” area of the editor …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of all your existing tables.

Select the table you want to insert into the post or page and click Insert Shortcode

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Publish your post or page to view the table …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change things after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new items, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your exported file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your WP admin menu …

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you want to export (you can select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the table file to your hard drive …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

After editing and resaving your file, you can then re-import your table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to your sidebar menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file, or its own format.

To import a table, select and enter the import source in the “Import Tables” area. You can also import multiple tables from a ZIP file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

To learn more about the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for additional features, or get technical support for the plugin, contact the plugin author, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your site content.

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